Budget Matters Blog

Category: Health Care


At a time of a global crises, the United States is weaponizing its humanitarian aid

Humanitarian aid is the form of foreign spending that we need to prioritize for a safer future, instead of ever-flowing military aid. But the US is weaponizing it.


Would the U.S. have COVID under control if we hadn’t overinvested in the Pentagon?

It is tragically impossible to revert time to save a hundred thousand people from death, yet it is still possible for all of us to support and help kickstart the transformation of the U.S. federal budget to a just and equitable one.


Cut the Pentagon 10 percent, invest in public health

Tanks and ships can’t save us from our greatest dangers, so let’s pay for the things that can.


How $9.3 Billion Funds Coronavirus Outbreaks in Federal Prisons

Mass incarceration is leading to some of the worst coronavirus hotspots in the United States.


In a Pandemic, Military Spending is an Extravagant Waste

In the very near future, countries are going to have to choose whether they make guns or vaccines.


If $1.5 Trillion Exists to Bail Out Wall Street from Coronavirus, We Can Fund Actual Needs for All

The Federal Reserve just injected $1.5 trillion into the banking system to prop up crashing markets spooked by the coronavirus pandemic. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that our government can’t afford to provide nice — and necessary — things for all of us.


Against a Global Coronavirus Pandemic, the Trump Budget Keeps Militarizing America

As fears grow of a global coronavirus pandemic, the United States is in a poor situation to cope. Aggressive messaging from the White House assures the public that the "full weight of the U.S. government" is working to keep Americans safe from the disease, but those words are belied by...


Yes, We Really Can Cut the Pentagon to Pay for Medicare for All

blog from Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget took issue with my October 17 op-ed in the The New York Times, “We Don’t Need to Raise Taxes to Have ‘Medicare for All.’” They got a couple of important things wrong.


Introducing the Poor People's Moral Budget: Everybody Has the Right to Live

For the 140 million people who are poor, or one emergency away from being poor, we know it's necessary to present a comprehensive response to the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and war economy plaguing our country today. This Poor People’s Moral Budget asks, given the resources of our society, whether these demands are also possible. Our answer is a resounding yes.


Your taxes provided $48 billion to Lockheed Martin. And some other stuff.

April 15, 2019 is Tax Day. Do you know where your tax dollars are? Here's a hint: military contractors cost the average taxpayer more than the price of a new Macbook Pro, but public housing costs the average taxpayer less than a curling iron from Wal-Mart. The average American paid...